We know by the pollen count that things are blooming in Atlanta, and fun family activities are popping up all over the place, too. Whether you’re heading out to family Friday at the Dogwood Festival, or perhaps to Canoe Day on the Chattahoochee, or maybe even to the Braves’ home opener, there are plenty of reasons to dust the yellow off your stroller and head out for an adventure.
Head to the Ballpark for the Home Opener
Spring has sprung and it’s time to play ball. Head out to see the Braves’ home opener against the Mets. Following the game, fans will be treated to the sights and sounds of the #1 rated fireworks show in the Southeast featuring music by The Beatles. Held at Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Dr. SE. Ticket prices vary; see website for pricing options. Fri. at 7:35 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Find Art and Fun at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival
In addition to the fine art for adults and art collectors, the kids will love the Kids Village, featuring huge inflatables, arts & crafts, face painting, and a 24-foot rock climbing wall. Don’t miss Family Friday with special activities and programming for festival-goers with kiddos. Held at Piedmont Park, Monroe and 10th. Free. Fri. April 10 from 12-10 p.m., Sat. April 11 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sun. April 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All ages. Event details.
See Paul Bunyan at Center for Puppetry Arts
Head to the Center for Puppetry Arts to learn about American heroes and their astounding accomplishments, including how Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox invented logging, how Hekeke saved her tribe from a people-eating ogre, how John Henry became a steel-driving man, and how Pecos Bill became King of the Cowboys. Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 404 Spring St. NW at 18th. Member $9.25; Non-Member $16.50. Apr. 9 – May 24, Tues-Fri: 10 & 11:30 a.m., Sat: 12 & 2 p.m., Sun: 1 & 3 p.m. Ages 4 & up. Event details.
Paddle Away at Family Canoe Day
Head to the Chattahoochee Nature Center with the entire family for an introduction to canoeing on Beaver Pond, then, if you choose, take an easy three-mile excursion down the river with a CNC guide. Held at Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd. Sat. Canoe Program is from 1-2:30 p.m. for ages 5 and up ($15 General Admission/$10 CNC Members, and you must register by April 9th), and Canoe Trip is from 4-7 p.m. for ages 6 and up ($30 General Public/$25 CNC Members, and you must register by April 9th). Event details.
Step Back in Time at Sheep to Shawl
Don’t miss the Atlanta History Center’s annual day of sheep shearing, barnyard animal interactions, open-hearth cooking demonstrations, storytelling, and live music. Held at The Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd. Adults, $16.50; ages 4-12, $11; ages 3 and younger, free. Sat. from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Be-Bop to Beethoven in Blue Jeans
The littles will love listening to Ludwig van B. narrate this family chamber concert program. Held at Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 South Kilgo Cir. NE. Free. Sun. at 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Listen to Live Bluegrass at the Peachblossom Bluegrass Festival
Don’t miss the 39th Annual Peachblossom Bluegrass Festival, with live performances by some of the Southeast’s best pickers. Kids and instruments are welcome, and there will be an open jam session for anyone looking for some performance time. Indoor seating, food, and craft vendors will be on site, so you don’t even have to pack the pb&j. Held at Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Ave. Sat. from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Investigate History on a Turtle Tour
Let Sandy the Chipmunk and Spring the Turtle introduce your preschoolers to history as they listen to stories, explore exhibits, and make crafts. Held at Heritage Sandy Springs Museum, 6075 Sandy Springs Cir. Sat. at 11 a.m. Free, but donations accepted. All ages. Event details.
Parent’s Night Out at Purple Hippo Art Studio
While the parents head out to play, the kiddos can stay at Purple Hippo Art Studio, where they’ll enjoy pizza, crafts, games, and art projects. Held at Purple Hippo Art Studio, 5517 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd. Sat. from 6-9 p.m. 1st artist: $30, 2nd artist: $20, Family of 3 or more: $60 total. Ages 4 & up. Event details.
Worth the Drive: Morrow
Enjoy the Wild Azalea Festival
Enjoy guided hikes, live animal shows, face painting, nature center exhibits, native plant sale, wild azalea exhibits, and hands on workshops at this celebration of Georgia’s wild azaleas. Held at Reynolds Nature Preserve, 5665 Reynolds Rd. Sat. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.
What’s on your family’s agenda this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below, or on our Atlanta Facebook page.
– Shelley Massey